Music Box Dancer by © Karin  Taylor

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sold 3 of these designs so far, thank you! :)

My last upload for a little while, here she is the Music Box Dancer from a drawing, digitally coloured. The words in the background are my own handwriting as I wanted the emphasis to be on sending out postive message for little girls and big girls:

shine SHINE Shine, be giving, LOVE yourself, love OTHERS, dance your way through LIFE, you are beautiful, be joyous, you are LOVED, sing your SONG, your heart is free, be glad, trust, HOPE, live, LOVE, BELIEVE, shine your light

the message is twofold….for little girls, very simply it’s sending a clear message of positive reinforcement, were it to be something they have in their room or receive for a birthday, i just wanted to give them a boost and a reminder to love themselves and live life to the full. To go with that line of thinking I’ve included the beautiful Music Box Dancer video on youtube by The Wiggles with a video of a little girl, a bit like this one, dancing….and The Wiggles, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and Captain Feathersword are all there too for your viewing and listening pleasure.

do you remember the music box dancer in your music box…? you would open up the box, and there she was, she would pop up as you lifted the lid…in her little tutu, pirouetting round and round to the sound of the ‘music box dancer’ or some other pretty tune, she kept guard over all your hidden treasures in the jewellery box, I’ve tried to recreate the look and feel of that little icon here with her white tulle tutu skirt beneath, princess-style sleeves and golden hand-beaded bodice and pretty golden string of pearls she is both young and innocent, wide eyed…but also older and wiser, so that I hope she would appeal to girls of every age and in every stage of life

the other side of the coin, I want to encourage grown up girls who have struggled and find life hard going at times, as a reminder that they are beautiful, that one can develop and nurture resilience and strength through everyday focus and meditation on positive messages and looking for the good in life…even if it’s only miniscule, it can grow… and to go with that line of thought, i have included a link to Missy Higgins song, which I love so much called Sugar Cane which is about the baby ballerina that lives inside us

the year was 1972 and just for fun here’s a pic of me when i was 7 and just tiny tot at ballet (i’d been going since I was 4 years old..our first review I was in "The Fairy Around the Christmas tree and we wore a white singlet with little white scarves all sewn into it to make the skirt and of course a little halo of silver tinsel about the head lol) we looked like baby elephants, so ungraceful, but all the mums and dads and we ourselves thought we were very wonderful!

which one am I? … the littlest one on the far right at the back…that’s me….one of the other girls is my best friend (from childhood) we’ve lost touch now…i won’t give her name, but she was/played Amy the Bear in Bananas in Pyjamas for a few years.. she and her sister were magic dancers and always got the lead roles, i was forever in obscurity, in their shadow….and even here…although the smallest of the lot…there i be, right in the back…where I’m most comfortable :)

and one more for the road…can you believe this is me!! lol ..and i must mention that my mum painted the pegboard behind me there, and we’d hang our toys from it to tidy up…using golf tees in the holes as pegs…so innovative and clever she is…full of ‘making do with whatever we had’ kind of ideas…

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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • thx so much Scott :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • dirtydish
    dirtydishover 5 years ago

    o how lovely…

  • thx dirtydish! glad you like it :)
    Merry Christmas :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 5 years ago

    Bless the beauty of your loving heart dear Karin- that can see the beauty all around and within. This is such a complete piece to end with, but if you give us a reprise, I’m sure there’ll be no complaints!! Much love for the Season ahead- hope it’s a great one for you and your family and for all the little girls and boys in us all!! xxxxxxxx

  • thank you so much Rosie, so right, inside every little boy is a dancer too, I’m sure…whether he’s a footballer, an army sergeant, a policeman or the next Nureyov… dancing being a metaphor for freedom and enjoying life in an in-the-moment, carefree, joyous way – so many children are burdened down and bring that with them into adulthood, it’s so hard for them i think….big love to you and a great big hug Rosie, i’ll be back on the weekend checking out all the new work and saying hi, but i just know how busy the time is coming up and while there’s a lull and a quiet moment just wanted to wish you and everyone all the best for Christmas… xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 5 years ago

    Awesome…you ROCK, Karin!!

  • gee wiz willakers!! thank you Karen… i don’t think anyone ever told me i ROCK!! I even LAUGHED RIGHT OUT LOUD when i read that…thank you!!!! x

    – © Karin Taylor

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    © Karin Taylorover 5 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work and story. Splendid creation. Have a great holiday. :o)

  • thank you somuch Bunny, and wish you the same, a very happy holiday :) xx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 5 years ago

    So beautiful as always Karin, maybe one day you draw one in a German Traditional Dirndl :)))

  • thank you so much Susanne, and for the fave too, now there’s a new idea for me…. i will go and look that up ;) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Patricia Anne McCarty-Tamayo
    Patricia Anne ...over 5 years ago

    lovely work!

  • thx so very much Patricia Anne, you fantastic writer you! ;) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Rosie Harriott
    Rosie Harriottover 5 years ago

    Wow… she is beautiful and the message just touches my heart. (Love the pics of your childhood too Karin!) ox

  • thank you very much Rosie, so happy she has that effect on you, and thank you…i was a funny little thing… very tiny and shorter than everyone….and terribly shy unless i knew you well… i don’t know how i managed to get on the stage as i suffered terrible nerves, anxiety and stage fright lol xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macover 5 years ago

    I really love her Karin, and your words. Her colours are gorgeous and she somewhat reminds me of my little niece, but also you at the same time!
    Lovely last angel on top of your Christmas season. Hugs.

  • thank you Sarah, i think that’s so lovely that she reminds you of your little niece, i did give her brown eyes this time rther than the blue, and I’d love a hairstyle that was just perfectly so, like hers… thank you for your encouragement this year, I’m so glad you joined the bubble, it’s good to have you here, if we don’t talk before, wishing you a wonderful Christmas season Sarah, and a great creative time with much success in 2010 :) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

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